*If you’re interested in knowing how Ava DuVernay and Oprah‘s “A Wrinkle in Time” is doing versus Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther,” it appears “Wrinkle” is poised to win Friday with a take of with $12M-$14M over “Panther” which will bring in $8M-$9.5M, according to Deadline.
The site also says according to their data sources, “A Wrinkle in Time” should take the weekend with $44M-$45M over “Black Panther‘s” $41M-$42M. On the other hand, another data source believes the No. 1 one win was too close to call with both pics looking at $37M to low $40Ms.
Here’s what else Deadline is reporting about “Wrinkle’s” opening weekend:
Rival studio executives have been buzzing for sometime that a $30M-ish start for A Wrinkle in Time just doesn’t cut it profit-wise in regards to this $100M-plus production, but a $40M-plus start will be fine. Even if Wrinkle comes up short, Disney can take the hit given the amount of successes they’ve had.
The studio fully backed and supported a vibrant vision from a passionate female director who has cherished this literary property for some time, and those corporate maneuvers in Hollywood shouldn’t be questioned, rather celebrated and championed. The intent here was to eventize a classic childrens novel with a fanbase that had never been brought to the screen before.
It’s a very competitive weekend, and A Wrinkle in Time, like Black Panther, has been sold on its multiculturalism in its ensemble cast. The pic is coming three weeks after that Marvel monolith which is quickly approaching $600M. There’s some cannibalization of audiences here. The hope here for A Wrinkle in Time is that it sleeps all the way to $150m, a 3.5x thanks to spring breaks.
You can get the rest of this story and find out how other films – opening this weekend – like “Gringo” are doing at the box office (not too well), too at Deadline.